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Entry from March 09, 2016
“A Roman walks into a bar, holds up two fingers…” (bar joke)

“A guy walks into a bar...” is a typical form of what has been called the “bar joke.” A Roman numeral joke is:

“A Roman walks into a bar, holds up two fingers, and says, ‘Five beers, please!’”

The two fingers form the V sign—the Roman numeral for “five.” “An ancient Roman walks into a bar and orders five beers” was cited in 2011. “A Roman walks into a bar, holds up two fingers, and says, ‘Five beers, please’” was cited on Twitter on June 25, 2013.

“A Roman walks into a bar and orders a Martinus...” is another bar joke involving a Roman.


MumblingNerd’s Mumbling Blog
>i>A man walks into a bar…
12 FEBRUARY 2010 (This date is not accurate. The joke does not appear in a 2012 Wayback Machine snapshot.—ed.)
(...)
A Roman walks into a bar, holds up two fingers and asks for five beers.

The Flying Nerd
An ancient Roman walks into a bar and orders five beers
Posted: December 14, 2011 | Author: theflyingnerd
An ancient Roman walks into a bar and orders five beers
(thanks to my favorite math nerd)

Twitter
Shaun Hanna
‏@ShaunDHanna
A Roman walks into a bar, holds up two fingers, and says, “Five beers, please.”
12:06 PM - 25 Jun 2013

Twitter
Matt Daugherty
‏@Tinymattd
A roman walks into a bar and holds up two fingers and says “Five beers, please”
12:11 PM - 25 Jun 2013

Twitter
Jim Papandrea
‏@jimpapandrea
@jen_toussaint Nice! That reminds me of this one: Roman walks into a bar and orders five beers (hold up two fingers like the “peace sign").
5:40 PM - 27 Jun 2013

Mirror (UK)
The world’s geekiest jokes explained after Reddit challenge to find most intellectual gag
21:53, 13 JUL 2013 UPDATED 10:53, 23 SEP 2014
BY KEIR MUDIE
(...)
A Roman walks into a bar, holds up two fingers, and says: “Five beers, please.”
This historical side-splitter relies on a knowledge of Roman ­numerals. The Roman will be able to order his round using just two fingers because five is V. Make sure the landlord is a pal with a sense of ­humour before trying this in your local.

reddit
A Roman walks into a bar, sticks two fingers up to the barman and says, “Five beers please.” (self.Jokes)
submitted July 22, 2013 by Mukhers

patheos
20 Jokes for Nerds
March 11, 2014 by Billy Kangas
(...)
6. A Roman walks into a bar and asks for a martinus.
“You mean a martini?” the bartender asks.
The Roman replies, “If I wanted a double, I would have asked for it!”
7. Another Roman walks into a bar, holds up two fingers, and says, “Five beers, please”.

Google Books
Bad Science Jokes For Alkynes Of Scientists
By Melissa Miller
Lulu Publishing (Lulu.com)
2015
Pg. ?:
A roman walks into a bar, holds up two fingers and says, “5 beers please”.

reddit
A Roman walks into a bar, holds up two fingers, and says “five beers, please.” (self.3amjokes)
submitted July 18, 2015 by justataco

Posted by Barry Popik
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